Saving Gigi Cafes on Bloor West

Saving Gigi is a coffee spot on the south-west corner of Ossington Station. At first glance, it doesn’t look appealing at all: a fairly run-down joint with furniture and décor that w... Read More


Mining the Social Web Analyzing Data from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Other Social Media Sites

A book about using Python and the APIs provided by several popular social networks to extract information and trends.

Though maybe a bit broader than deep in some area, the author has pulled together a lot of information and made it a practical resource for mining information. This isn’t going to teach you h... Read More


Tequila Bookworm on Queen West

A friend had told me about this amazing dig that they’d found on Queen Street.

I was walking around downtown looking for Tequila Bookworm, because a friend had told me about this amazing dig that they’d found on Queen Street. After getting off at Yonge, I decided to j... Read More


BlackBerry The Inside Story of Research In Motion

Rod McQueen provides a good mix of technical and business stories and mixing in some history or explaining a scientific concept when it's needed.

The book is the story of Waterloo, Ontario-based Research In Motion (RIM) best known as the creator of the BlackBerry. RIM was started in 1984 by Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis and originally bu... Read More


Drupal's Building Blocks Quickly Building Web Sites with CCK, Views, and Panels

One question that is going to come up is how current is this book with the recent arrival of Drupal 7? With the exception of CCK, most of the content is still relevant.

Drupal's Building Blocks is about using three popular modules that can make building Drupal websites easier and quicker for site administrators, usually without requiring delving into PHP code. Th... Read More


Dark Horse Espresso Bar on Spadina

At night, business people looking for a spot of tea after work and students looking for their midnight coffee fix share the large communal tables, their differences forgotten over a hot cup of Joe

Situated in the heart of Chinatown, Dark Horse Espresso Bar is a unique little haven for coffee lovers in the hustle and bustle of mid-town life. It’s large, open concept design ensures that... Read More


Programming Python Powerful Object-Oriented Programming (4th Edition)

The best way I can think of summing up Programming Python is, “now that you know the language, here’s how you do something with it.”

When I initially picked up this book I expected it was going to be about, well, programming in the python language; it is that, but it’s not a tutorial from the ground-up, rather it is meant ... Read More


Zoom H2 Handy Recorder

"You could think of this thing as the world’s greatest stereo recording device and if we just left it at that we could end the article here."

Oh man – where to begin (this is a deep, deep unit with a whole lotta useful features to boot).  Um – well – you could think of this thing as the world’s greatest stere... Read More


Canada Computers at Pacific Mall

For my computer purchase at Canada Computers, I chose every single part including processor, motherboard, graphics card, sound card, hard drives, RAM, optical drives, power supply and even the case.

Looks can be quite deceiving. You just never know what lies behind a face. The Canada Computers store at Pacific Mall exemplifies just that. Tucked away on the far side of the mall, away from the ... Read More


Eloquent JavaScript A Modern Introduction to Programming

By treating JavaScript as a language in its own right, the author has produced a solid guide to learning a language you might think you already knew.

The thing that sets this book apart from a lot of other JavaScript books is that it treats Javascipt as a language on its own, independent from its most common usage in web browsers. While some rea... Read More


The World's Biggest Bookstore

A personal favourite. Books that may be hard to find in other places will be found more easily here owing to its vast collection.

I've always enjoyed a large collection of books, but large collections of books that are very useful, up-to-date, and recent publications are hard to find. Libraries have large collections of books... Read More


Designing Interfaces Patterns for Effective Interaction Design (2nd Edition)

New edition focuses on designing interfaces for mobile.

Designing Interfaces was first published in 2005. As explained in the preface, the new edition adds coverage of mobile and social media as well as adds or expands on patterns while removing some ol... Read More


On The Edge The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Commodore

How Commodore failed becomes clear though the interviews; why is harder to figure out.

The story of Commodore is simple: In 1976 a company making mostly electronic calculators buys a small chip manufacturer and goes on to three release groundbreaking  personal computers, each se... Read More


CrackBerry True Tales of BlackBerry Use and Abuse

A semi-serious book about curbing over-use of one’s Blackberry, or any mobile device that allows you to check your email at a funeral or other inopportune times.

“CrackBerry” can best be summed up as a semi-serious book about curbing over-use of one’s Blackberry or more broadly any mobile device that allows you to check your email at a f... Read More


The Facebook Marketing Book

The book is a pretty slim volume, about 260 pages, but it’s an easy read too with plenty of screenshots.

The Facebook Marketing Book is O’Reilly’s new book about how to market a company or organization using Facebook in a way that is effective at reaching Facebook’s members. The boo... Read More


Finding Free WiFi in Toronto

Toronto has a number of places people can find free wireless Internet (WiFi) usually for the cost of a coffee or less.

Finding WiFi (free or not) is certainly not the hunt it was even 5 years ago. Torontonians have a lot of options from most chain coffee shops (even Tim's now) as well as many chain restaurants. He... Read More


Head First Python

This book teaches the reader how to write programs in using the Head First style that might not be for everybody but it does seem effective.

Head First Python is a new book in the O’Reilly’s Head First series that aims to teach readers the Python language and includes coverage of running Python code on two platforms that sup... Read More


Tron: Legacy at the Scotiabank

Get your lightcycle out of the garage, the long-awaited sequel to 1982's Tron is plenty of kid-friendly action and Daft-Punk.

Tron is another of those movies that occasionally aims in some interesting directions but always  slides back into familiar territory. The best way to sum it up is it takes the original movie&... Read More


Little Nicky’s Coffee on Queen West

They have managed to give the interior of the coffee shop a very retro feel, complete with wall hangings and random complementary signage that adds to the homely feel of the café.

Tired of the Starbuck’s or Timothy’s coffee shops that have taken over the city? Take a trip to Little Nicky’s Coffee shop, a few minutes west of Queen Station, in the heart of th... Read More


Motorola W233 Review

Sure this is one of those $0 options available to Fido customers on certain plans but the phone itself actually has a lot going for it.  In addition to being made from partially recycled plast... Read More



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